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Nicolette Pollack, Student Assistance Coordinator

About Me

Hello! I thoroughly enjoy being the Student Assistance Coordinator at Heartland Elementary School. I have a bachelor's degree in Special Education from Benedictine University, a master's degree in Educational Leadership from DePaul University, and recently recived my Director of Special Education endorsement. I taught special education for six years, both at the elementary and high school levels.

About Student Services

The Student Services department provides a free appropriate public education to students with special needs. The Student Services department provides an array of services and supports to meet the individual needs of students. In addition, the Student Services department oversees efforts to provide supports to all students throughout the district from early childhood through high school.

The responsibilities of the Student Services department include but are not limited to:

  • Special Education Programming
  • Section 504 Eligibility and Compliance
  • Nursing Services
  • Homebound Instructional Services
  • Homeless Student Services
  • Social Emotional Learning

Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Geneva 304 provides a free and appropriate education for students who are eligible for a 504 plan by individually designing accommodations/modifications and or services to meet their educational needs in the same manner as their non-disabled peers.

It is important to note that students with a Section 504 plan are considered general education students.

In order to be eligible for services within a Section 504 plan, a student must have a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life functions.

Child Find/Identifying Students for 504 plans

Students who are currently enrolled in grades K-12 and attending a District 304 school may be referred for an a Section 504 evaluation. This referral may be initiated if a student has a mental or physical impairment that is adversely impacting the student in the classroom. The outcomes of the Section 504 evaluation will determine if the student is eligible under Section 504 and requires a 504 plan.

504 Plans
A team of individuals that have knowledge of the student develops a written plan that identifies the accommodations/modifications and services a student needs to access the general education.
Contact Information

Phone Number: 630-463-3207

Email: npollack@geneva304.org

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